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Burkina Faso advanced to the AFCON quarterfinals by defeating Gabon on penalties.

Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the game-winning penalty kick as Burkina Faso defeated Gabon 7-6 in a dramatic shootout to become the first team to advance to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after the match in Limbe ended 1-1 at the end of extra time on Sunday.

Burkina Faso appeared to have the victory sewn up in normal time thanks to a first-half goal from captain Bertrand Traore, who had earlier missed a penalty.

Gabon was reduced to 10 men when center-back Sidney Obissa was dismissed midway through the second half, but they forced extra time as the unfortunate Adama Guira helped the ball into his own net in the first minute of added time.

After there was no scoring in the extra half-hour, penalties went all the way to sudden death and Lloyd Palun became the third Gabon player to miss his kick before Ouedraogo took the Stallions through.

The 2013 runners-up will face Nigeria or Tunisia in the last eight.

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